The USU and Flying House Assembly present

A DEAL

by Zhu Yi
Directed by Shiya Lu

Supported by the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, the University of Sydney

Winner of World Sinophone Drama Competition 2016
Australian debut of China’s leading contemporary female playwright

22-31 August 2019
Wed - Fri 7:30pm
Sat 3pm and 7:30pm
Sun 5pm

‘★★★★★ A PRECIOUS PLAY, FULL OF CRITICAL SPIRITS’
STAGE AND SCREEN REVIEWS (CHINA)

A young actress from China brands herself as an orphan and human rights victim to land a lead role on Broadway, meanwhile her parents smuggle one million dollars in cash from Shanghai to buy her an apartment in Manhattan.

A DEAL is a dark comedy that deals with the issues faced by immigrants as they seek to find their place in a new country; it confronts the clash between the values of Chinese parents and their new world offspring.

$32 full | $27 concession | $22 cheap Wed & previews
BOOK NOW https://www.trybooking.com/513683

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“A play that was crying to be written, its subject matter now front and centre.” - Theater Pizzazz

“A painful, funny, moving look at the intersection of communism and capitalism and its consequences.” - Plays To See
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CAST

Li Su ............................... Katherine Nheu
Mr Li ............................... Shi-Kai Zhang
Mrs Li ............................... Susan Young
Peter ................................ Edric Hong
Josh ..................................Simon Lee
Dramaturg/Receptionist .... Sally Williams
Director/Editor/Old Lady .... Paul Chambers
Reception Host/TV Host .... Suzann James
Guest ............................Abigail Coffey
Guest ............................Simone Wang

CREW

Director .........................Shiya Lu
Production Manager ...... Simone Wang
Designer ..................Victor Kalka
Stage Manager................Alex Liang
Artistic Advisor............Amy Sole
Sound Designer..................Luna Y. Pan
Choregrapher.................Liliana Cevallos
Production Coordinator .......Oliver Walton
Fight Choregraphy....... The Action Acting Academy
Publicist................Geoff Sirmai
Social Media Manager...........Felicity Anderson

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The play was developed as part of New Text - New Stage II, an Ibsen in China International project for the development of new writing.

Zhu Yi is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Shanghai, China. She received the First Prize at 2015 World Sinophone Drama Competition, and Shanghai Drama Valley's 2015 Outstanding Playwright of the Year Award. She is a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a Youngblood alumni at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and a member of the Royal Court Theatre's International Playwrights Programme.

SHIYA LU is a Sydney-based theatre producer and director. Since withdrawing from a Mathematics degree from the University of Oxford, Shiya has worked in the arts around Europe and Asia. A recent AFTT (Academy of Film, Theatre and Television) graduate, Shiya is currently studying Theatre Studies and Visual Arts at the University of Sydney. She has collaborated with artists all from backgrounds including Shaun Parker and at the Ibsen International, Helsinki, Exit, Shanghai International and Edinburgh International festivals. Shiya is a member of the European Festival Association’s Festival Academy and writes various English and Chinese language publications.

The season also includes a workshop on dramaturgy and cross-cultural storytelling on Wed 21 August 2-6pm in Sydney University’s Woolley Building (limited spots, by application only). Plus a public form on Contemporary Chinese Theatre and Migration on Tue 20 August 5-9pm in Sydney University’s Wallace Theatre. Bookings and more information:
https://www.usu.edu.au/Whats-On/Events/International-Forum-China-s-Theatre-on-a-Global-Pa.aspx